How to Scrub the Right Way
Dermatologists, beauty editors, and bloggers always mention the benefits of exfoliating. However, every one of us has had at least one experience when we were a little too aggressive with the scrub we just can’t live without. We already know exfoliating on a weekly basis increases cell turnover and removes dead skin, which improves the texture and appearance of your skin. But we are also all too familiar with the fact that scrubbing too often or too hard will leave your skin irritated, raw, and red. This is because, depending on your age, skin surface regeneration can actually take up to 30 days.
So, how can you ensure smooth, beautiful skin without the risk of damage? The key is finding the scrub that best suits your intended use and skin type. For rough and dry skin opt for a salt scrub, while those of you with more sensitive skin types may want to use a sugar scrub (the alpha-hydroxy acids found in sugar scrubs hydrate your skin without being quite as abrasive as salt scrubs). Oil and cream based scrubs are also great options to think about when you want products that easily wipe off–this will avoid unnecessary rubbing. If the scrub contains granules, make sure it contains seed abrasives, rather than pumice. Pumice easily scratches the skin and leaves minor cuts where bacteria can easily get into, which can result in infections or acne.
Here are a few of our favorite scrubs to help you in your search for your personal fav:
The right exfoliant for your skin type can make all the difference in your skin’s texture and may improve moisture dramatically. Just remember, too much of a good thing becomes bad, bad, bad! So, no matter what your skin type is, limit the number of times a week you exfoliate to once or twice and you will be on the road to fresh, glowing, exfoliated skin in no time!